University of Western Ontario
Construct Stabilization and the Unity of Neuroscience
Explanatory unification requires stable explanatory targets. However, experimental practice in sciences of the mind-brain presents obstacles to establishing stable explanatory targets. One obstacle is the freedom afforded investigators to produce, measure and detect phenomena they desire to understand and explain. A second obstacle stems from differences among investigators working within the same and different areas of neuroscience on the emphasis placed on stabilizing explanatory targets. The aim of this talk is to clarify the nature of these obstacles and to tease out their implications for the contemporary unity of science debate. In the positive part of the talk, I propose a strategy for overcoming these obstacles, consider its merits and indicate areas for further work.
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